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This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jean Rusmore, 101 years old, born on September 13, 1920, and passed away on April 1, 2022. We will remember her forever.

A public celebration of Jean's life had been scheduled for late June, 2022, but for a variety of reasons it was postponed.  It will be held on September 16, 2022, at 2 pm at the Dana Center at Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills, CA.  

If you would like to receive an invitation to the memorial celebration, please leave a "tribute" or a "story" or a photo about Jean on this website so you can be contacted.
April 1, 2023
April 1, 2023
Dear Jean,
As I survey the bright green hills and watch the poppies swaying in the breeze, I think of you. You are in my breast pocket, right over my heart, as I put foot to trail. Your legacy lives on.
October 2, 2022
October 2, 2022
Despite the twists and turns of life, Jean always treated me with gracious friendship. I appreciated her love of family and of nature. i know that she was immensely proud of her entire family who she guided with love and generosity. I know that each member of the extended Rusmore family carries a bit of Jean with them as they all continue to do good work in the world. Love to all.
September 13, 2022
September 13, 2022
Happy heavenly birthday dear Jean ❤️❤️
September 1, 2022
September 1, 2022

As a “Walkie Talkie”, I know that I am one of the many people who have been invited for Sept. 16 at Hidden Villa. I want you and your whole family to know how very sorry I am that I can’t be there. Your mom was my role model and inspiration, and I adored her! Walkie Talkies were/are on of the best things in my life - all thanks to Jean making it happen. The warmth and joy in her unfailing smile, her energy and enthusiasm led us then, and remain unforgettable now.

You have already heard this many times, and will hear it again on the 16th, because Jean was truly beloved. I hate to miss meeting all of you, and joining in what will be a glorious celebration of your extraordinary mother. She is greatly missed!

With warmest best wishes for September 16th,
July 15, 2022
July 15, 2022
Jean, my Mother's cousin, was a very important part of my life when I was fourteen attending Sacred Heart School in Atherton, CA. Towards the end of the school year, I had a big blow up with one of the nuns and ran away for half the night. Jean had John come and pick me up the next day to stay with her family and give me some down time. I have always remembered that kindness, and her serenity. As though she had a connection to another plane of existence. My heart is with her family at this end of an era. 
June 28, 2022
June 28, 2022
The best boysenberry jam in the world! Summers walking the secret passageways in Ladera to the community pool, picking blackberries along the way. Laying on the cool wood floors at 36 Berenda Way, listening to records and reading old books. Looking at the Cement Ship and watching whales. You will be missed Nana!
June 21, 2022
June 21, 2022
As her grandson, Jean was always Nana Jean to me. Nana Jean was thoughtful, gracious and charming, and always willing to subtly guide me towards the right thing to do. Sometimes too subtly for a young kid to grasp! Some of the lessons I learned from her were only visible in hindsight.
I'm also grateful she shared her love of the outdoors with her kids because they shared that enthusiasm with me, which has enriched my life immeasurably. She led by example but never made much fuss about it, and we went about our lives with Nana Jean always there, invisibly making our lives better by her presence.
May 7, 2022
May 7, 2022
My husband Ed and I cherished Jean's friendship, her hospitality at the Aptos house, our joy in hiking with her and picking her up for mass at Memorial Church. She was a gift of blessing to all her friends. We missed seeing her more frequently as elderhood gradually made it harder for her to go out with friends, but we hold her in our hearts forever --and continue to treasure her books and their wise comentary.
April 18, 2022
April 18, 2022
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Jean. She will be fondly remembered as a hiking guru and author of the hiking guide staff referred to in the office. Next time we get on the trail, we will think of her. From all of the staff at Sempervirens Fund
April 17, 2022
April 17, 2022
Jean was a source of inspiration for me, with her friendly, welcoming smile.

She created the custom of starting each Walkie Talkie Hike with a circle of participants who introduced themselves before we began.

When I once asked Jean how her 6 children became successful adults, she said "I told them there wasn't anything preventing them from what they aspired".

I very much enjoyed evenings helping Jean select photographs for her books in the warmth of her home.

Very much missed indeed!

Paula Tuerk
April 11, 2022
April 11, 2022
Jean was our Mom and our friend, She lead us on the trail but also offered gentle, encouraging advice for our lives. Karen Nilsson and I looked to her to open our eyes to the importance of a trail system for all and the value of the friendships built on the trail, to each of us and to building a community of supporters for our environment. Her life made a difference to so many and I am grateful for every minute I had with her.
April 9, 2022
April 9, 2022
You are forever
First Lady of Ladera
Our fervent life guide
April 9, 2022
April 9, 2022
I’m so happy to have known Jean . She was a friend and inspiration. I’m grateful for the sweet memories I have of Jean .

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April 1, 2023
April 1, 2023
Dear Jean,
As I survey the bright green hills and watch the poppies swaying in the breeze, I think of you. You are in my breast pocket, right over my heart, as I put foot to trail. Your legacy lives on.
October 2, 2022
October 2, 2022
Despite the twists and turns of life, Jean always treated me with gracious friendship. I appreciated her love of family and of nature. i know that she was immensely proud of her entire family who she guided with love and generosity. I know that each member of the extended Rusmore family carries a bit of Jean with them as they all continue to do good work in the world. Love to all.
September 13, 2022
September 13, 2022
Happy heavenly birthday dear Jean ❤️❤️
Her Life

Obituary: Short version, published in San Francisco and San Jose papers/digital versions

April 10, 2022
Jean Elizabeth Heying Rusmore
Sept. 13, 1920 - Apr. 1, 2022
Jean E. Heying Rusmore was born in Anaheim, CA on Sept. 13, 1920  and died peacefully at home on Apr. 1, 2022, in Aptos, CA, knowing that she was well-loved by her large family and friends. Jean will be remembered for her dedication and leadership in San Francisco Bay Area conservation organizations and authorship of hiking guidebooks to the Bay Area:  Peninsula Trails, South Bay Trails, and Bay Area Ridge Trail.

A daughter of Oscar and Mary (Grim) Heying, Jean attended public and Catholic schools in Anaheim.  She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1942 (Go Bears!) and married Jay T. (Ted) Ruschhaupt on Sept. 9, 1942, when both spouses changed their surnames to Rusmore. A long-time Peninsula resident of Portola Valley and Palo Alto, Jean co-founded the Ladera Recreation District and the Committee for Green Foothills. A  hiking group she started in the 1970’s, the Walkie Talkies, is still active. She participated in home-stay and tutoring programs for international students at Stanford, making many lifelong friends in the process. Jean loved music, especially classical, as well as ballet, theater, and traveling.  She had many friends who remember her gracious and welcoming personality and especially her warm smile that made everyone feel loved.

Her husband Ted, psychology professor emeritus of San José State U., died in 2004.  She is survived by her brother John Heying, Carlsbad, CA, and her six children and their families: Mary Lyn Rusmore Villaume, Portland, OR; Teri Coppedge, Ashland, OR; Barbara Rusmore, Bozeman, MT; John Rusmore, Elk Grove, CA; Kaki Rusmore, Aptos, CA, and Margi Rusmore, Los Angeles, CA. She will also be missed by her 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and their families.

To honor Jean’s memory, the family suggests hiking a trail, contributing to a park or environmental organization, and/or sharing some vanilla ice cream with friends.
A memorial celebration of her life is being planned in June.  (Details and further information about Jean are available on jean-rusmore.forevermissed.com.) 

Obituary: long version

April 10, 2022

Jean Elizabeth Heying Rusmore was born 13 Sept 1920, Anaheim, CA. and died on 1 April 2022, in Aptos, CA, at 101 and a half years. Jean will be remembered for her dedication and leadership in Bay Area conservation organizations, and authorship of hiking guides to the Bay Area.  

A long-time resident of Ladera (Portola Valley, CA), Jean was a person of wide-ranging interests, guided by her love for other people, nature, and this fascinating world. She contributed to her local neighborhood, community and to the larger world through hiking, writing, advocating for the environment, and by her kindness, generosity and acceptance of everyone she met from every country and background. Jean welcomed all to her home with her effervescent spirit, graciousness, and especially her warm smile.

Jean left this life peacefully, knowing that she was well-loved by her large family and the many friends whom she had loved so well.  She was married for 56 years to Jay Theodore (Ted) Rusmore from 1942 till his death in 2004.  Together they are survived by their six children and their families:  Mary Lyn Rusmore Villaume of Portland, OR, Teri Rusmore Coppedge of Ashland, OR, Barbara Rusmore of Bozeman, MT, John Rusmore of Elk Grove, CA, Kaki Rusmore of Aptos, CA and Margi Rusmore of Los Angeles, CA, 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and their families.

Early Life:
Jean’s parents, Mary Grim Heying and Oscar Heying, raised four children in Anaheim, CA: Jean, the eldest, then Barbara, (Geoghan, deceased) John Heying, and Agnes (King, deceased).  She attended local Catholic and public schools, helped out at her father’s drugstore, and learned to swim and body surf in nearby Seal Beach, where the family vacationed at “Anaheim Landing.”

Education and Marriage:
In 1938 she rode the train from Anaheim to University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in physical education and minored in French, interests she pursued throughout her life. There Jean met Jay Theodore Ruschhaupt, “Ted,” a PhD psychology candidate from Fresno, whom she met in the International House where they both lived. He claimed she attracted his attention because she always had her hair combed when she came down to breakfast. On their first date, they played tennis, and she won.  At their marriage in Anaheim on Sept 9, 1942, they both changed their surnames to Rusmore.  

Family Life:
Jean and Ted had two daughters, Mary Lyn and Teri, while living in Berkeley, then moved to San Jose when Ted began his long career as a psychology professor at San José State College, later, University. In 1950 they moved to a new community, originally a cooperative, called Ladera, between Menlo Park and Portola Valley with their new baby,  Barbara.  There Jean was immersed in child-rearing with the arrivals of John, Kaki, and Margi.  Jean made being a mother of six appear easy and graceful. She would later comment that “raising six children was no trouble at all, as long as you didn’t want to do anything else” and that “the first two were just for practice.”  The family enjoyed camping, backpacking, tennis, beach-going and traveling.  As the children traveled and lived abroad on their own, Jean and Ted visited them in such places as Mexico, Nicaragua, Afghanistan and Egypt, as well as taking other trips to Europe, especially Jean's beloved France.

Community Involvement - local, regional, international:
Nonetheless she was actively involved in the new community.  She and Ted hosted neighborhood Christmas piñata and caroling parties, with Jean at the piano, Ted on harmonica, and children and neighbors singing and playing other instruments.
She started a long-lived book club and a French conversation group.  She loved music, especially classical, and enjoyed attending symphony concerts, the ballet, and theater productions.

Following their interests in other lands and peoples, the Rusmores helped refugee families and provided home-stays for international students at nearby Stanfrd.  Jean was an active participant in Stanford’s English in Action conversational program for over 20 years.  Many of the foreign students became lifelong friends, and some sent their children and friends to visit the Rusmores over the years.

Jean was a founder and director of the Ladera Recreation District, where swimming, tennis and other family activities were popular.   Wanting to make cycling and walking safer for children, Jean and Artemis Ginston advocated for bike paths along busy Alpine Road, and she’s been dubbed the “mother of bikeways,” for her role in making bike paths more common.  They lobbied first San Mateo County and eventually the entire state to allocate a portion of gas taxes to bikeways.

Let's go for a hike!
An avid hiker throughout her life, up to the last couple of years, she started a hiking group called the Walkie Talkies in the early 1970's that still meets monthly and heartily appreciates her cheerful guidance and welcoming spirit. Enjoy the wildflowers, but watch out for poison oak!

Jean was a co-founder of the Committee for Green Foothills, and she worked with other organizations such as the Sierra Club, Hidden Villa Ranch in Los Altos Hills, the Sempervirens Fund, and Mid-Peninsula Open Space District (POST).

Jean the Writer:
Through her involvement in these groups, Jean realized that many Bay Area residents were unaware of the growing amount of open space and parklands available to them, and she knew that people tend to support spaces they know and love.  
To help this cause, from 1982 to 2008, as her children her children were growing up and leaving home, Jean and her friends and co-authors Frances Spangle and Betsy Crowder researched and hiked miles and miles of trails - more than once - and wrote hiking guidebooks, published by Wilderness Press.  These books, Peninsula Trails and South Bay Trails, and Jean’s first three editions of the guide to the Bay Area Ridge Trail, led to her becoming Author of the Year at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, outselling even Stephen King and the Bible one year. All three books have had many updates and printings and continue to be popular.  

Later life:
After her husband Ted’s death in 2004, Jean moved the following year to the retirement residence then known as the Classic Residence by Hyatt,  now called The Vi, in Palo Alto.  There she immediately made new friends while still remaining close to older ones in the area.  In 2015, as dementia began to affect her well-being, she moved to Aegis at Aptos where she lived until her death and was happy to call her home. This location allowed her family to visit her often, as they could stay at the much-expanded cabin in Aptos built by Ted’s parents in 1936.  The family has enjoyed it for vacations and refuge over the years

Remembering Jean:
To honor Jean’s memory, the family suggests hiking a trail, contributing to a park or environmental organization, and/or sharing some vanilla ice cream with friends.



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September 13, 2023
Love this picture of Jean with the Walkie Talkies.
I think of her often . Let’s all try to live like Jean. 

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